CMRR was established as the Center for Magnetic Recording Research in 1983 to advance the state of the art in information storage technology and to produce highly-trained graduate students and postdoctoral professionals for the data storage industry. Pursuing a dynamic, interdisciplinary program of cutting-edge research defined in cooperation with government agencies and industry partners, the center’s faculty, researchers and students continue to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge and engineering technology to meet society’s ever-increasing need for high-performance, reliable and secure information storage systems. As of 2015, the center changed its official name to the Center for Memory and Recording Research while maintaining the same CMRR acronym. As of June 2016, the center’s current corporate sponsors included Marvell, LSI, Huawei, Hitachi, Toshiba and Western Digital, as well as Samsung, Xyratex, Fuji Film, Panasonic, IBM, Imation, HP, Quantum, Sony, Oracle, and DuPont Teijin.
Current industry members of CNS include Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and VMWare. The center maintains an active program to place UC San Diego graduate students in summer internships at member companies. The internships are typically connected to a longer-term, interdisciplinary research project funded by the company through CNS.
Launched in April 2015, VisComp is funded primarily by industry, including lead sponsor Sony, with additional partners including Qualcomm, Pixar and Adobe. The center hopes to grow membership representing a variety of industries, including communication, entertainment, health, 3D printing, photography, and more. VisComp’s founding faculty include professors from CSE, Cognitive Science and the Qualcomm Institute. The center’s research agenda includes: mobile visual computing and digital imaging; interactive digital (augmented) reality; and computer vision to understand people and their surroundings from the individual- to city-level.
CWC is closely allied with the Qualcomm Institute, and its current industry members include Qualcomm, Kaiser Permanente, Murata Co.’s Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., Nokia, ViaSat, Keysight Technologies, Teradata Labs, Symantec, Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), Mitsubishi Electric, and Samsung. CWC industry members are invited to direct their annual dues to one or more faculty projects presented at the center’s half-yearly research reviews and 5G Forums. Most of CWC’s faculty are also affiliated with QI.
Developed within Calit2 and its UC San Diego division, ITA undertakes novel research in applications of information theory, and organizes a popular, annual ITA Workshop that typically draws more than 700 experts in information theory from around the world. While the institute has been the prime sponsor of ITA, the center also has received generous support from companies including Broadcom, Qualcomm and Samsung.
SDSC has established a wide range of programs for establishing industrial collaborations, including directed research, use of high-performance computing systems, consulting and technical support, and focused centers of excellence in areas such as big data management and predictive analytics that are increasingly important to companies. SDSC collaborations with industry provide the opportunity for exchanging the latest advances between the scientific community and commercial enterprise, creating vital connections between academia and the “innovation economy.” To date, the center (whose roots are in the private company General Atomics) has served partners from aerospace, biotech, civil engineering, defense, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and public utilities, among others. All companies are invited to join SDSC’s Industry Partners Program (IPP), its gateway for companies seeking information on high-performance computing and storage services, and for directed research with SDSC’s computational scientists. The center also collaborates with industry in focused initiatives, including its Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research, and its Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence.